ROG Strix Wireless Gaming Headset Review. ROG Strix Wireless is a gaming headset with 2.4GHz wireless technology that provides a lower-latency connection than Bluetooth headsets for instant audio transmission. With ROG Strix Wireless, every in-game sound reaches your ears instantly — even from up to 15 meters away from your PC — ensuring you are never behind on the action. 2.4GHz technology even consumes less power, so you can enjoy more than 10 hours of use between charges.
ROG Strix Wireless features a dual-antenna design with an automatic interference avoidance mechanism to ensure a stable connection, even in complicated Wi-Fi environments.
Pricing on the day of review is around £109.99
ROG Strix Wireless Gaming Headset Review- Features & Specifications
|Connector||USB (wireless 2.4GHz)|
|3.5 mm(1/8”) connector Audio/mic combo|
|3.5 mm(1/8”) connector Audio/mic separate|
|Driver||Driver diameter : 60 mm|
|Driver material : Neodymium magnet|
|Frequency Response (headphones)||20 ~ 20000 Hz|
|Sensitivity (headphones)||Sensitivity : 98 dB|
|Pick-up Pattern||Microphone boom:|
|Frequency Response||Microphone boom:|
|50 ~ 16000 Hz|
|Sensitivity : -40 dB|
|Cable||Braided fibre cable (headset cable 1.5M)|
|Cable Length||1.5 meter|
|Accessories||Audio/mic splitter cable|
|Quick start guide|
|2.4GHz USB dongle|
|Detachable 3.5mm audio/mic combined connector|
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The exterior packaging is made up with a card sleeve, over a solid plastic box. The sleeve slides over, and you can remove the product with ease. From the front side, we’re able to see the bulk of the product in all its glory; main features are clearly listed and around the back, this has been well executed.
The box is rather stylish, and I really appreciate ASUS going the extra mile, to ensure the product arrives in pristine condition. The package, breaks down into smaller sections before revealing the headset
The bundle is further housed in a separate ROG branded box; Inside we find the
- 3.5 to 3.5mm cable (1.5M)
- 3.5mm combined four-pole audio/mic adapter
- USB cable
- USB Wireless Dongle
[First Look & Impressions]
Those familiar with the early revisions, will notice the similarities between them and this. That’s because ASUS produced a multi award winning product, and the expression goes… don’t fix it, if it ain’t broken. This product should be treated as an update, rather than new line, and thus we expect some improvements. For one ASUS has taken on board feedback about the clamping force. The new version is based on a ton of user feedback.
The Design is that of an expanding headband, rather than slide to adjust. The band itself is super smooth, and made up with memory foam padding. This offers a soft but firm grip around your head.
We’ll look at the right cup first, sporting one of the two eye-like elements. The accent colour here is silver, and these three colours work seamlessly. ROG branding is found below.
On the left is where everything happens, we find control volume up, volume down, power and microphone on/off. The microphone button is a slider to avoid any accidental presses. The power button doubles up as pairing button for wireless functionality
A foldable design allows the headset’s ear cups to lay flat, so you can pack them and take the set anywhere, with ease. Much like other STRIX products, the design is made up harsh and unusual edges. On paper, that would something I’d avoid, but in reality, ASUS have a real talent to take styling in a bold direction, and it really pays off here.
Each cup had a very decent amount of flex and swivel, to create a tight but comfortable grip around your ears. The amount of padding is superb, and more importantly, comfort is supreme. Coming back to that headband, the amount of clamping force, means outside noise is almost completely isolated.
In addition to connecting wirelessly to PC and PlayStation® 4, ROG Strix Wireless can also connect in wired mode to PlayStation 4, Xbox® One, PlayStation® 3, Xbox® 360, PC, Mac, smartphones, and tablets with the included 3.5mm combined four-pole audio/mic adapter and 1.5m Y-cable extension.
On the base of the right cup, we can hook up the Microphone, USB charging cable or 3.5mm cable. No issues using this product while charging.
The microphone shares the same unique STRIX styling, and offers an insane amount of control and flex.
ROG Strix Wireless comes with the latest ASUS Sonic Studio software suite for full control over your audio experience, from equalization (EQ) to 7.1-speaker level-balancing. Unlike typical audio utilities with multi-screen interfaces that make configuration complicated and time-consuming, Sonic Studio has a neat, all-in-one view and intuitive controls. You can even create and apply audio profiles for different scenarios with ease.
The application offers tons of control for both audio output and the microphone.
[Usage & Comfort]
The headset has been used daily, and I’m now very familiar with the product. As we don’t focus on performance alone, this time period ensures a fair test of durability and comfort. We’ll start by talking about comfort first, as I feel its equal in terms of importance to all other areas. I’ll be honest I haven’t had much luck with headbands. I generally prefer a headset that allows me to manually expand and set them. The elastic bands on most products just don’t work for me, some are too tight and others to slack, meaning over time they lose their grip.
Despite ASUS claiming they’ve adjusted and improved the comfort out of the box. The initial clamp force on this product was very tight, quite uncomfortable to be perfectly honest. As with any such product time is your friend, and after a few hours the pressure eased up. That experience is relative to head size, and other family members found them to be just fine. The realization of my larger than normal head, is causing me some distraction…OK back on point. So yes I’m just throwing that observation out there, it’s a very common trait of all such products. Comfort over time, is superb, the materials that ASUS have assembled the headset with, produce a super comfy experience. Particularly on the ears too
Performance is highly subjective from one person to the next, but regarding factual observations. Running solo on mobile, or console, the default setup is very well balanced. Neither too strong or weak, in any particular area. On a PC is where the product further shines, unleashing their potential with the complimenting software. A number of options and control is appreciated, and ought to please all.
Microphone quality is often an area that some brands will cut back and offer something middle ground, to save money. The performance here, for recording/chat, was most impressive. Don’t kid yourself into thinking this alternative for a studio quality mic, but it does excel compared to most we’ve seen at this price point.
We would like to thank ASUS for providing the review sample, and eagerly await more from them, in the near future!